please tell us a little bit about your current projects? Well thanks for having me Dottie. I work in a number of different areas – apart from serialising my novel Zero World – I’m also in pre-production for a feature film about homelessness called Honeysuckle Way – that will be the subject of a crowd funding campaign in July; and I perform sketch comedy in a group called The Smooth End of the Pineapple, we have a few tours and albums coming out this year.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? There was no one moment – when I was about 7 I realised I enjoyed creative writing and it’s just been a natural progression from there. When I was a teenager I realised writing poetry and comedy sketches really meant something to me. Writing has always just felt like it’s been a major part of my life.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Well my English teacher at school, Peter Fay, said ‘reading is rereading’ and I’ve always figured that ‘writing is rewriting’. I was a big fan of Eric Idle and stream consciousness writing when I was a teenager – so I like to just let it out and work back over it
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Human and vulnerable. Someone who’s seen both sides of life and steers a straight line through them.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? Nerd alert! I collect old 8 bit Spectravideo computer things. Monty Python paraphernalia, and things to do with the Disney Robin Hood movie. Apart from family time my favourite pastimes are cycling and watching movies.
What has been your biggest adventure to date? Getting married. It’s been an incredible journey for both of us – to go from young and naive to having a family and still going strong is the greatest thing in my life.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? When I was little I lived in Darwin, which then was a small, remote tropical town in Australia, it’s always held an appeal and fascination for me and that’s where I’d go. There’s something vibrant, organic and truly Australian about it. I used to have recurring dreams about it.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? Kind of both actually – I will try different things, but not often – I tend to stick to a few regular things. Before I was married I had an extremely basic diet – I don’t actually like food that much!
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Honestly I think I could do with out every modern convenience – all I really like or need is time and company. My ideal romantic evening would be dinner on a beach at sunset – with time to burn and to just be care free- 🙂
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? Um..probably confused!
What is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate (guilty pleasure!)
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Summer – I’m one of those weird people that gets more active the hotter it gets. My next favourite would be spring – because I know summer’s on the way. I just like summer because it seems like everything is at it’s peak.
What project are you working on next? If we raise the money for Honeysuckle Way it will be that, otherwise I have a sequel in mind for Zero World, so I will probably be writing that. Apart from the odd comedy gig.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? The best place to look is my facebook page (even though I detest facebook) or my Amazon Author Page. I’ve got 7 comedy shows lined up in the next few months, but the books and CD’s will all be coming out through Amazon, so best to look there.
Buy link for the book: http://www.amazon.com/Zero-World-Part-Scot-McPhie-ebook/dp/B00TZXZFAI
Blurb or the book:
Earth in the middle 22nd century, the environment is all but gone and 9 billion people live on in bliss – with their food being created artificially by organoprocessors. 20 year old Michelle Holland arrives from her home on the moon colonies to begin her new life on Earth. Self assured and optimistic she starts her new job and soon meets Matthew Finler, a naive and idealistic technician. They start a relationship but have a tempestuous time – torn between their love of each other and their very different outlooks on the world. When Matthew discovers something about the last remaining wilderness area it has the power to make or break their relationship and the future of the world as well, and they resolve to find out the truth together. Zero World is a novel of approximately 160,000 words. It is being serialised in 16 parts of approximately 10,000 words each. A new segment will be released on the first Friday of each month, and then the whole book will be available for purchase as both an eBook and a paperback after that. You can follow developments on the book via the Zero World facebook page. Release schedule for the serialised sections are: Part 1 – Friday the 6th of March 2015 Part 2 – Friday the 3rd of April 2015 Part 3 – Friday the 1st of May 2015 Part 4 – Friday the 5th of June 2015 Part 5 – Friday the 3rd of July 2015 Part 6 – Friday the 7th of August 2015 Part 7 – Friday the 4th of September 2015 Part 8 – Friday the 2nd of October 2015 Part 9 – Friday the 6th of November 2015 Part 10 – Friday the 4th of December 2015 Part 11 – Friday the 1st of January 2016 Part 12 – Friday the 5th of February 2016 Part 13 – Friday the 4th of March 2016 Part 14 – Friday the 1st of April 2016 Part 15 – Friday the 6th of May 2016 Part 16 – Friday the 3rd of June 2016
Author Bio Born in Georgetown, Malaysia to Australian parents Scot was raised in Australia from the age of one. He has written and directed several independent feature films and plays, and performs live comedy. He is also deeply concerned with environmental causes and alternative economic systems, and yes he does believe in love.
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